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Small but impressive
Fiat Panda 1.1 Active
Member Name: Larrabee
Fiat Panda 1.1 Active
Advantages: Enjoyable to drive, reliable, deceptively small
Disadvantages: Not very powerful
I should start by saying I'm no car expert, just an ordinary driver who's driven quite a few different models over the years.
I'm currently driving an 05 reg Fiat Panda, and am very happy with it. First of all, this car is exceptionally good value even new and if buying a second hand one you can find them for really good prices, around 3000 - 4000 for a 5 year old car through a fiat approved dealer, probably less for a private sale.
The Panda is small obviously, but from the inside it doesn't feel small. There is plenty of head and foot room in the front and even in the back seat there is a decent amount of space, although there is no middle seatbelt so the car only seats 4. The boot seems small at first but because of the high roof you can store a surprising amount of stuff by stacking it high. I used this car to move a piano once!
The size is great for manoeuvrability, I have trouble parallel parking bigger cars so I love this one! You can also fit in tiny spaces and squeeze through little gaps along with the smart car drivers.
The only downside of the car's size to me is that on a windy day the car gets buffeted about a bit as it is so light, especially on bridges or the tops of hills.
The heating/cooling is great, it warms up quickly in winter and cools down quickly in summer. The dashboard controls are very user friendly and easy to figure out quickly on your first drive. I particularly like the fact that the lights switch off with the engine so there's no danger of leaving them on all night and flattening the battery, which I've done with other cars!
The radio is easy to programme and use although its a shame that there is only a cassette deck as opposed to a CD player. I use a special tape from Tesco that means I can play my iPod through it, as like most people these days I don't own any other tapes or a tape recorder.
I'm pretty sure my next car will also be a Fiat Panda.
Summary: I'd definitely get another